Cookies as a gift, what’s better? Nothing…
Do you ever want to do something extra special for someone? Whether to thank, congratulate, give your condolences or just say I LOVE YOU. For me, I always make them my sugar cookie cutouts in whatever shape or design that is appropriate. What is more heartfelt then some delicious cookies made from scratch? Not much, that’s for sure. I’d rather have cookies than a card any day.
Especially great to offer your condolences
In this particular occasion, it was to give my condolences. My sister’s 14 year old cat passed away and I wanted to do something to cheer her up. Gifts that are homemade and you spend extra time on are always more appreciated than buying something, getting them a card at Walgreen’s or money. Plus, she LOVES these Kitty cookies!
Sugar Cookie Cutouts for the WIN!
I made cat and yarn ball cookies, decorated to look like her cat, Buster. Buster had vibrant green eyes, so I thought I would make the yarn balls the same color as his eyes. The cookies may not be identical to Buster, but it’s the thought that counts, truly. No one is going to say to you, “oh, my cat had one more stripe on his tail”. No, they are just going to cry with joy because you did something so thoughtful.
Baking tricks for busy moms
Now, these Kitty cookies can take some time but it is SO worth it. This is the easiest way that I make the cookies while juggling two kids under two years of age. I space out the cookie process into at least three separate days.
Day 1: make the cookie dough batter
Day 2: bake the cookies and let cool
Day 3: decorate
Day 4: deliver your delicious and beautiful cookies
Technically, all these processes can be done in one day but you will literally be baking and decorating all day. Although I love baking and decorating, it can even be a little much for me to complete in one day. It’s less pressure if you space it out. Especially, when you can’t count on what your kids are going to be like. Trust me on this one.
Decorating Tips and Tricks
First off, the type of icing that you use on these Kitty cookies is very important. I use Royal Icing and I haven’t found anything that works better. There are two different consistencies: stiff and soft. When it comes to the decorating, you have to use this two step process: outline and then, fill. I outlined the whole cat and filled with all dark gray. Then, I waited for the icing to dry before doing the more detailed parts of the cat on top of the gray. So, on top of the gray was the stripes, which were an outline and fill and the face which were just outlines. The outlines are stiff consistency, while the filling is soft consistency.
- 2¾ cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla one at a time until the mixture is fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add the wet ingredients a little at a time until fully incorporated. Refrigerate for at least four hours. (The longer you refrigerate it, the easier it is to work with).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll cookie dough ¼ inch thick on a floured board. Use desired cookie cutter and cut out desired shape. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool and wire rack and decorate with royal icing.
Check out our Video How To Outline Kitty Cookies
Practice makes perfect
Decorating takes practice, but I promise, whoever you are making these for will love them no matter what the end result. Stay confident, bakers! The more you do it, the better you will get.
Share with me your struggles and successes
Share with me your struggles and successes. I will be more than happy to offer more tips and tricks and always love to see your end results.
Want more cookie decorating ideas?
Check out my other sugar cookie cutout designs to get some more ideas.
- Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Cutouts
- No Fail Sugar Cookies
- Halloween Sugar Cookie Cutouts
- Football Sugar Cookies
- Sugar Cookie Cutouts
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